Murder case to go to trial

October 13, 2011 • Local News

The preliminary hearing in the Mario Montoya murder trial was held in Magistrate Court on Tuesday. Montoya is charged with the revenge killing of Jericole Coleman, 21. The incident occurred on Aug. 22 at the intersection of Ash and Albuquerque streets.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Griffin on Tuesday called an eyewitness to the shooting as the state’s first witness. Under questioning, the witness said he was surprised to see the two men together since the last time Montoya had spoken to him about Coleman, “Montoya just said Jericole Coleman ratted me out and he’s going to get what he deserves.”

The witness had known both men, Montoya and Coleman, since they were in school together.

The day before the incident, the Albuquerque Street residence had been the subject of a drive-by shooting. The eyewitness said that he dropped by to see if everyone was all right, only to find Coleman there and Montoya holding a Login to read more

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